Valtteri Bottas’ manager Didier Coton is making noises about his driver staying with the Grove based team for 2017.
Last year there were rumours of a Ferrari drive which amounted to nothing, and for next year the scuderia are sticking with the Iceman to partner Vettel. The obvious choice is to remain with Williams.
“Valtteri has been very adamant about his commitment towards Williams since the beginning of this season, especially because of the change in the regulations for next year, and the trust he has in them,” Coton told Autosport.
“There is a bit of an unfinished story between those two, and he wants to commit as much as he can to the team.
“He is in F1 to win, the team, of course, has the same objective, and both are working hard to achieve it.
“Williams is a great team, with a lot of potential.
“They have demonstrated in the past two years what they can do, and there is more to come.
“And if I look at Valtteri’s commitment towards the team, the team should be happy to have him.”
Valtteri is looking to lead the contract talks himself after telling Didier he wanted a ‘hands on’ approach to the matter. Didier also acknowledged that there is no rush for an agreement to be reached.
“He has taken a lead on that, and he knows we are behind him at all times,” he said. “There is no rush [in terms of 2017 negotiations]. It’s not for me to predict.”
Good timing from the Bottas camp maybe? With the Williams team yet to confirm any drivers for 2017, it does appear to be the best option for the likeable Finn to stay on the grid.